PUSH FOLDArtistic Director | Samuel Hobbs | Portland, Oregon USA
 
 
 
push/FOLD dancers performing 'Crow' at Ten Tiny Dances in Beaverton, Oregon | Photographer: David Nquyen
 
 
 

Events & Performances

 
 

Upcoming


JUNCTION:23

Polaris Dance Center
February 17 & 18, 2023

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push/FOLD joins Portland's Tempos Contemporary Circus, and B. Movement Project for Junction:23 this February 17 & 18 at the Polaris Dance Center. In an incredible three-part production of dance, acrobatics, and aerial movement, each company brings their unique style for this fun-filled evening.



Illum — World Premiere

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
February 23-26, 2023

* Tickets On Sale: December 7th *

push/FOLD performs at the brand-new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts this February featuring a world-premiere from Composer‑Choreographer Samuel Hobbs. Filling the stage with ethereal moodscapes, high-impact and sweeping movement, floorwork, and dynamic partnering in this not-to-miss event, this performance features the show-titled work 'Illum' alongside a selection from our body of work.




Considering Matthew Shepard

Western Oregon University: Commission
March 7, 2023

In this inter-departmental collaboration at Western Oregon University, push/FOLD shares an evening in this several part tribute to the impact of Matthew Shepard's life and death on the LGBTQ+ community.

The students of Western Oregon University perform a world premiere commissioned work alongside the dancers of push/FOLD performing 'November'.



OBT's 'Made in Portland'

Oregon Ballet Theatre: Commission
Newmark Theatre
June 8-11, 2023

In Oregon Ballet Theatre's closing program, they have commissioned renowned choreographers from near and far to share their vision of Portland: Princess Grace Award winner Rena Butler, Guggenheim Fellow Helen Simoneau, push/FOLD Founder and Director Samuel Hobbs, and OBT’s own rising star, Makino Hayashi. This is only the tip of the iceberg as we invite Portland artists — musicians, painters, writers—to explore what it means to live in this city through a fully immersive theater experience.



 
 

Past Events


Union PDX - Festival:22

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 17-20, 2022

push/FOLD presents Festival:22 at the Hampton Opera Center, our fourth annual production of the Union PDX festival program!

This year, we build with the unprecedented success of this indelible program to bring in artists based in Israel, Denmark, and Las Vegas to perform and teach alongside Portland's Makino Hayashi, Sweta Ravisankar, and push/FOLD.

For full performance, masterclass, and workshop details: Click Here.



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OMSI After Dark

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
October 26, 2022

Join us for a spooky time at OMSI's After Dark Halloween event! Explore the museum for the 21+ crowd and enjoy site-specific performances by push/FOLD throughout the evening.

** Costumes are highly encouraged. **


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Portland Symphonic Choir & push/FOLD

Bank of Expensify
October 23, 2022 @ 4:00pm - 5:30pm

The Portland Symphonic Choir and push/FOLD perform selections from 'The Lark' in this tribute concert for three conducting legends: Frank Holman, David Wilson, and Bruce Browne. We are honored and excited to perform in the beautiful Bank of Expensify building in downtown Portland.




'Bodies' @ Portland Center Stage

Portland Center Stage
October 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm * UPDATED *

Partnering with Portland Center Stage, push/FOLD celebrates power in movement on October 16th from 1:00pm-1:45pm. Enjoy this free public event featuring site-specific performances and audience interaction. Learn what truly makes our bodies move.

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Open Call | Workshop+Audition

Open Space Dance Center
October 8, 2022 @ 8:30am - 12:30pm

push/FOLD seeks one to two (1-2) professional-level dancers, ages 22 and older, for immediate paid contracts.

Held at the wonderful Open Space "Platform" in NE Portland, this workshop-style audition is open to all advanced to professional-level movers from any dance genre or tradition.

** This event is free for all attendees. Advanced registration recommended. **

For eligibility and details: Click Here.




Dance on Film Workshop

The Portland Ballet
August 8 - 20, 2022 (Workshop)
August 27 (Film Premiere)

In this pioneering program for pre-professional and advanced level dancers, The Portland Ballet brings in Samuel Hobbs to create a brand new dance film in collaboration with Skye Stouber.

Over the course of two weeks, students work closely with Samuel to develop filmmaking sensibilities and explore movement ideas in addition to taking masterclasses from various Portland instructors throughout the week, culminating in a world premiere film showing on August 27th.




Ten Tiny Dances - Beaverton

The Beaverton Farmers' Market
July 9, 2022 @ 10am

Ten Tiny Dances (TTD) is back!

Back in Beaverton, OR push/FOLD presents a new work on a 4'x4' stage with nine other exemplary contemporary and traditional choreographers.

Join us for this free event outside, and then peruse the incredible goods at the Beaverton Farmers' Market.




push/FOLD Tours: Seattle International Dance Festival

The Broadway Performance Hall (Seattle, WA)
June 11, 2022

Invited to perform at the Seattle International Dance Festival (SIDF), push/FOLD makes the journey north to showcase an excerpt of ‘Early’ on June 11, 2022. push/FOLD shares the evening with trio Akoiya Harris with Nile Ruff and Maven and LINxSIG (Ivana Lin and Mary Sigward).




JUNCTION:22

Polaris Dance Center & Livestream
February 25 & 26, 2022

Local Portland companies Tempos Contemporary Circus, push/FOLD, and B join together for our third year to present Junction:22 this February 25 & 26 at the Polaris Dance Center. In this three-part performance, each company brings their unique style of dance, acrobatics, and aerial in a vibrant fusion of movement.

Performances include both in-person and livestream tickets.

Junction:22 Livestream Login



Union PDX - Festival:21

Hampton Opera Center & Livestream
November 4-7, 2021

push/FOLD presents the Union PDX - Festival:21 at the renowned Hampton Opera Center (Portland Opera) this November 4-7, sponsored by Bill & Wendy Whitsell. Festival:21 features contemporary dance performances and masterclasses in the genres of afro-cuban, break, street, and contemporary dance by international, national, and local artists:

Following each performance (November 5-7), join us as we chat with the artists in a facilitated Q&A. Learn about their process and artistic developments, features of their work, and experiences as professional artists navigating their communities and the world today.

Festival:21 Livestream Login



Jump Start - Guest Performance

Western Oregon University
October 1, 2021

push/FOLD returns to Samuel's alma-mater, Western Oregon University as a special guest artist to perform alongside faculty artists and alumni to Jump Start the return to live performances and dance classes after a year of quarantines and shutdowns due to COVID-19.



Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México

National Centre of the Arts (Mexico City)
August 7-16, 2021

Portland’s own push/FOLD, led by multi-disciplinary artist and composer-choreographer Samuel Hobbs, makes their international, in-person, debut at the Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México.

Selected as one of five artists to represent the United States, push/FOLD performs their 2018 work ‘Early’—push/FOLD’s first evening-length work by Samuel Hobbs and push/FOLD’s first-ever self-produced performance.




'Early' @ Zidell Yards

Old Moody Stages @ Zidell Yards
July 30 & 31, 2021 (In-Person)

push/FOLD presents 'Early' at Zidell Yards as a part of the 'Old Moody Stages' collaboration alongside Profile Theatre and the Portland Opera.

Recast and restaged to perform at the Zidell Yards stage with an all female cast, join our final two performances in Portland before we leave on our first international tour to Mexico City, Mexico!



Special Celebration Event - 'Early' Preview

Columbia Dance Center (Vancouver, WA)
July 18, 2021

push/FOLD celebrates our foray into international touring with a special in-studio preview event of 'Early'

Jordan Kriston (a former dancer with Pilobolus), Heather Hindes, and Ashley Morton join Briley Jozwiak to recast 'Early' for 2021. 'Early' marks our first step into international performances, bringing our emerging company full circle.



Dancing on the Edge Festival

Firehall Arts Center, Vancouver, BC
July 15, 2021 (In-person & Livestream)

push/FOLD presents “Bodies“ as a special invitation for the 33rd annual Dancing on the Edge Festival. Screened at the historic Firehall Arts Centre on July 15, "Bodies" features a 50-minute selection of push/FOLD's performance works and film productions.

push/FOLD is honored to share the festival line-up with several renowned artists including Shay Kuebler (Radical System Art), Wen Wei Dance, Rachel Meyer, and Lesley Telford (Inverso Productions), amongst many others.



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push/FOLD dancers Ashley Morton & Briley Jozwiak performing section of 'Wolf' in animated gif depicting balletic movement at Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Oregon | Videography: Samuel Hobbs
Samuel Hobbs | Dancers: Ashley Morton & Briley Jozwiak

JUNCTION:21

Alberta Rose Theatre
March 13, 2021 (Livestream)

As our city continues to grapple with the realities of COVID-19, Oregon artists: Tempos Contemporary Circus, push/FOLD, ELaFaLa Collective, and AWOL Dance Collective present a unique performance for JUNCTION:21, livestreamed from the historic Alberta Rose Theatre!

This four-part co-production, featuring the signature styles of each group in a fusion of Dance, Acrobatics, Aerial, and camera play.


 
David Nguyen | Dancers: Jessica Evans, Samuel Hobbs, Briley Jozwiak, Holly Shaw | 'Crow'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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